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PM-designate Allawi rejects KDP, PUK demands on ministerial candidates for new cabinet

Head of the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) in the Council of Representatives Salim Shushkay said on Tuesday (February 18) that Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi has rejected demands by th


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Danish troops to return to Al-Asad air base in Iraq on March 1: defense minister

Denmark will send its military personnel back to the Iraqi al-Asad base on March 1, after last month temporarily moving some of them to Kuwait due to security concerns, the Danish Defense Minister Tri


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UN envoy condemns use of hunting rifles against Iraqi protesters

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq condemned on Monday (February 17) the use of hunting rifles firing birdshot against peaceful protesters in Baghdad and urged the government to ensure they are not


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Rockets hit US coalition base in Baghdad, no casualties

Rockets hit a US-led military coalition’s Baghdad headquarters early on Sunday (February 16) but caused no casualties, a coalition spokesman said, in the latest attack to target US facilities in Iraq.


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Iraqi PM-designate to form new cabinet this week

Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi said on Saturday (February 15) that his cabinet slate is close to being complete and that he will announce ministerial candidates this week.


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Rocket hits northern Iraqi base hosting US forces, no casualties: security sources

A rocket hit a base in northern Iraq that hosts US forces on Thursday (February 13) but caused no casualties, Iraqi security sources said.


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NATO to expand Iraq training mission in response to Trump

NATO defense ministers agreed on Wednesday (February 12) to expand the Western alliance’s training mission in Iraq, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, responding to a demand by US President


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United States to extend waiver for Iraq to import Iranian energy: Iraqi officials

The United States has agreed to extend a waiver for Iraq to import Iranian energy supplies, including gas, two Iraqi government officials said on Monday (February 10).


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Iraqi cleric condemns anti-protester violence, calls for representative government

Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric on Friday (February 7) condemned deadly violence that killed protesters at sit-ins this week in the southern holy city of Najaf and said a new government must have the tr


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Ezidi girls sold as sex slaves create choir to find healing

When Rainas Elias was 14, Islamic State militants overran her Ezidi homeland in northern Iraq, kidnapped her and sold her to a fighter who repeatedly raped and tortured her before selling her to an ev


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PM-designate condemns violence against protesters, setting up Sadr test

A day after at least eight protesters were killed in Najaf in clashes with a Sadrist militia, prime minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi addressed the incident in a brief speech, saying that the


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Clashes in Iraq's Najaf kill 8 after cleric's followers storm protest camp: medics

At least eight people were killed in clashes in Iraq’s southern city of Najaf on Wednesday after supporters of populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed an anti-government protest camp, medical and secu


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University and institute graduates protest in Kirkuk after hiring plan scrapped

University and institute graduates protested in Kirkuk on Wednesday (February 5) against the local education directorate's decision to scrap its recently issued plans to hire more than 2,000 people be


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Students march in Baghdad and southern cities as protests continue in Iraq

Universities in Baghdad prepare on Tuesday (February 4) for what they called “million" protest.


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536 people killed during Iraq protests: human rights commission member

A member of the Iraqi High Commission For Human Rights (IHCHR) has said that 536 people have been killed during the anti-government protest movement, including seventeen members of the security forces


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Sadr urges followers to work with security forces to limit protests

Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr issued a statement on Sunday (February 2) calling on his followers to work to put down major protest actions across Iraq in coordination with the secur


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Protests continue in southern provinces following announcement of Allawi as PM-designate

Protests continued in Iraq’s southern provinces on Sunday (February 2), a day after Mohamed Tawfiq Allawi was appointed as prime minister-designate, with demonstrators cutting roads in Dhi Qar and Naj


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UNAMI chief welcomes Allawi appointment, urges 'swift action' on reform

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert welcomed the appointment of Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as prime minister designate in a statement released on Saturda


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Iraq president appoints Allawi as new premier, protesters reject him

New Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appealed to downtrodden Iraqis for their support on Saturday (February 1) hours after his appointment by President Barham Salih, but protesters were already r


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Sadrist militia wrests control of Turkish Restaurant building from protesters in Baghdad

Forces loyal to Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr took control of the Turkish Restaurant building on Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Saturday (February 1), wresting the iconic protest site


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